Most popular letters to the editor of 2013

Published: Sunday, Dec. 8 2013 9:59 p.m. MST

Associated Press

The Deseret News received more than 1,000 letters to the editor in 2013, covering a variety of topics.

Here is a look at the 20 most popular letters from the past year. These letters received more page views than the rest of the batch. The list starts at the 20th most popular letter and concludes with the No. 1 most popular letter of 2013.

Each letter is hyperlinked to its original post for easier access to the comment sections that accompany each letter.

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Sandy, UT

Compromise sounds great but when your views are diametrically opposite a compromise ends up with someone prevailing anf someone losing. Republicans have repeatedly compromised and we now have a national debt of $17, 000, 000, 000, 000. 40 percent of every government dollar spent is now borrowed and there is not even a plan to balance the budget let alone pay back what we owe. When Sen. Lee and a few others try to reign in government spending, they are called radicals and criticized for not compromising - I.e. not caving to even more debt. How do you compromise with someone who wants to shoot you in the head? Ask that they shoot you in the heart instead?

Eden, UT

Senator Lee swaps positions quicker than David Copperfield. The problem is not the national debt. The problem is a weak economy that has put more money in the upper 1% while hurting the middle class. It is a false position to keep whining about the national debt when what is needed is a strong economy. Trickle down economics and Reaganomics failed and created this current recession.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

It should be pointed out that most of these letters were popular not because they made sense, but because they were controversial. They elicited responses from people either trying to set them straight or disagree with those who were trying to set them straight.

let's roll

Areed Kent.

These letters are popular in a Kardashian sense. :-)

Skye Riversong
Shelley, ID

I can't take any more. Got to Letter #9 and had to stop reading because my brain was becoming overfilled with stupidity and ignorance.

Thank the Goddess I cannot claim that I was born and raised in Utah; I would hang my head in shame.


Bountiful, UT

In America we don't have "classes." Our founders envisioned a "classless" society. Although George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were wealthy, they were loved. They were unselfish. When I was a child, I loved trips to the Carnege Library in my hometown. My parents helped me understand what a generous wealthy man he was. Many people today would want Andrew Carnege's money to be plundered by the government and given to the less fortunate. Had that been the case, many of the unfortunate would have been without libraries.

Judas wanted to sell an expensive ointment offered to Jesus with the justification that the proceeds would help the poor. Jesus said the poor would always be with us [regardless of how hard we tried to elevate them]. Dependent poor will always be poor until they become independent. The middle class doesn't need help to stay middle class; they simply need to keep the fruits of their labor.

Please get over your Robin Hood mentality of ripping off one group to enrich another group and begin to defend liberty, agency, and property.

Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think you can call 400 Republican filibusters and a government shutdown…


Unless that word has a different meaning for you, than it does for the rest of the world.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Many of those letters prove the need for better mental health care in Utah.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments